A year after the crushing Supreme Court confirmation battle approving Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the partisan powder keg surrounding that salacious saga has exploded once again. New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly recently published another defamatory and baseless accusation against him. This appeared in a Sunday Review opinion piece placed under the heading of “news analysis” last week. One that effectively borders on libel and further chips away at the very fragile foundation of journalistic integrity. And threatens to forever tarnish the venerable public trust.
This new prevarication a prurient prelude to the pair’s recent book launch. Pogrebin and Kelly are co-authors of a just released work entitled “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation”. As far as the latest episode a so-called account of this alleged incident was only relayed third hand to begin. With a sole source of the spurious tale being Max Stier, an old political rival and schoolmate at Yale. A key point worth mentioning here, Justice Kavanaugh has categorically denied all of these claims. Side note: Pogrebin was a former peer of Justice Kavanaugh at Yale as well.
Plus the purported victim Deborah Ramirez has no recollection of that supposed event ever taking place. Curiously that critical detail was omitted from the original essay. As Ramirez had confessed to reporter Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker months prior “I don’t have any stories about Brett Kavanaugh and sexual misconduct.” While not a single witness can verify this allegation. Then directly following a firestorm of dissent New York Times deputy editorial page editor James Dao vaguely addressed the matter on Monday. But still he managed to avoid bearing any responsibility for making this dangerous and dubious claim. Merely adding The book reports that she declined to be interviewed. Only addressing a tasteless tweet connected with the initial copy they printed. They offered no explanation as to why that crucial bit of information was apparently left out.
In 1994, Kavanaugh joined the legal team led by Kenneth Starr that was looking into President Bill Clinton. That pitted Kavanaugh against Max Stier ’87, a fellow member of Stiles College who was one of several attorneys representing Clinton during the investigation. Stier then represented Hillary Clinton in Whitewater proceedings along with David Kendall vs. Kavanaugh and Ken Starr. Stier also a notable democratic donor to ex-president Barack Obama. His current wife Superior Court Judge Florence Y. Pan was nominated for United States District Court Judge of Washington D.C. by President Obama in April of 2016. Yet a republican dominated Senate declined to vote denying her due process. A nomination later nullified when the 114th Congressional term concluded. Could this be a part of revenge?
Much like the scurrilous accusations previously made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in those extremely contentious 2018 hearings, there is no evidence to support such a vile charge. Ford has been unable to identify exactly where or when the alleged assault occurred, or how she got home after the incident. Ford friend and high school chum Leland Keyser reportedly attended the particular party in question. She now believes this narrative “just didn’t make any sense”. A new disclosure from the book auspiciously absent in advance press. Yet Dr. Ford happily took ample sums of cash procured via two gofundme.com crowdfunding campaigns in the name of ‘security’ totaling more than half a million dollars.
This type of reckless and shoddy reporting rekindled the pseudo-controversy stoked by our national media. One that continues to unjustly affect Justice Kavanaugh and his family. Bad blood spilled over across the aisle. As numerous democrats in the presidential primary field have also jumped on this perceived opportunity and prematurely called for his impeachment. Precocious House Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) filed a resolution Tuesday to open an impeachment inquiry against Kavanaugh. Despite key details that were excluded earlier quickly emerging in the ensuing days, no real disavowal let alone formal apology was issued to him.
Which leads us to wonder if maybe some kind of response from law enforcement would be appropriate. Aside from a series of hazy recriminations spanning almost four decades in the past having produced no actual proof. However the FBI did assess her situation and found zero grounds to pursue a case. To add representatives of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) ex-Senate Judiciary Committee chair that officiated the Kavanaugh hearings stated Mr. Stier did not alert his office of an objection.
During a Tuesday appearance on “The View” along with Kelly, Pogrebin would concede that “Brett Kavanaugh has been an exemplary judge. Everyone we talked to couldn’t speak more highly of him on both sides of the aisle.” She soon changed her tune from an interview with Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC which aired on “The Last Word” the previous night. Notably her answer about what went wrong in the editing process differed from what she said the night before, in which the writers told Lawrence O’Donnell that the editor’s note was added in response to the public backlash. Then Pogrebin went so far as to portray both purely as casualties caught in the political crossfire. As if they really had no hands in this mess. Each failed to own even a speck of blame. Can you see the pattern?